Great Western Loop


Slideshow: Great Western Loop || 6,875 miles around the American West

By Andrew Skurka / January 9, 2020 /

In April 2007 I began my second mega long-distance hike, the Great Western Loop. Unlike the first one, during which I walked east to west across North America, this was predominately a wilderness experience: I linked five existing long-distance trails and a DIY route across the desert Southwest to create a 6,875-mile circumnavigation of the…

Adventurer of the Year

By Andrew Skurka / November 21, 2007 /

Last week my parents and I went down to Washington DC for an evening at the National Geographic Society headquarters, where I was named National Geographic Adventure magazine’s Adventurer of the Year. This is a HUGE honor, and I’m frankly humbled by the flattering 5-page article (in the Dec/Jan issue, now available at newstands) and…